Chicago County Court to Put Therapy Dog in Courtroom

A new bill signed into law allows for a therapy dog in courtrooms to comfort victims of traumatic and violent crimes.

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A new bill signed into law in Illinois will allow for a canine therapy assistant to be present in the courtroom.  It’s aim is to have the dog be a comfort to victims of crimes that are very traumatic like child abuse or exploitation, or in the event that there’s someone developmentally disabled and needed to be present for proceedings.

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Hopefully, people will feel more at ease and a bit more protected.  Being in a courtroom for some is stressful enough.  When someone is put on the witness stand to testify can be even worse.

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If victims felt more at ease, some of the difficulties associated with getting a victim to stand up for themselves, and in general make life a bit more bearable for them.  This seems to be a growing trend in many places.  Funeral homes have therapy dogs, and they are even cropping up with young students in classrooms.  Keep a look out, as you state or county may be next to follow suit!

 

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